‘Disease detectives’ sickened by pulled pork at Olympiad event

February 10, 2017

One of more than 20 events at the Florida Gateway College Science Olympiad this past Saturday was a competition for “Disease Detectives.”

About 200 students, chaperones, teachers and college faculty members were involved in the Olympiad and after a volunteer-provided lunch, more than 50 became sick enough to be taken — some by ambulance — to either the Lake City Medical Center or the Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center.

All were treated and released, leaving it not to the stricken “Disease Detectives,” but state and local health officials to figure out what made the would-be scientists sick. They’ve now